Nautical graduate awarded for outstanding commitment

City of Glasgow College graduate, Amanda Mackie, has been presented with this year’s Lady Hamlyn Award.

Amanda, who graduated from the college in June, received the accolade from IMarEST who have offered her a position as a Junior Engineer.

The Lady Hamlyn award is given to apprentices who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their professional development in the maritime sector.

Matthew Stewart, Associate Dean for Nautical Science at City of Glasgow College, said:

“This is an outstanding achievement for Amanda and an endorsement of all her hard work and commitment throughout her time at college. She is an excellent example of our college purpose to let learning flourish and we look forward to seeing her continue to achieve and progress throughout her career.”

Amanda, who attended Kilwinning Academy and lives in Tarbert, graduated with an SPD Marine Engineering cadetship. She now aims to become a 3rd Engineer within the next six to eight months and then hopes to gain her 2nd Engineer and Chief Engineer Certificates of Competency. She said:

“I am extremely proud to receive this award. It is great to have all the hard work of the last three years recognised by such a well-established and respected organisation.

“I plan on going back to sea once I pass my oral exam and work my way up to 2nd engineer. I will remain at sea whilst doing distance learning to achieve a post graduate in renewable energy and engineering to broaden my career options as the energy sector changes, and continue until I Chief Engineer or possibly onto Superintendent.

“The staff at City of Glasgow College have been fantastic and very supportive with my learning and personal life. I had a lot going on at home over the last year and the additional support they gave helped me stay focused and complete the course alongside the rest of my classmates.”

The award helps support cadets throughout the course of their apprenticeship and to ease their transition into a maritime career. Internationally recognised for her design aesthetics and philanthropy, Lady Hamlyn has been involved with the IMarEST and the Guild of Benevolence since the 1940’s through her father who was a chief engineer.